Martha Koloski

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What is your favorite movie?
When it comes to a favorite movie it’s pretty much anything with Cary Grant… serious ones like “North by Northwest”, “Notorious” and “An Affair to Remember” to silly ones like “My Favorite Wife”, “The Philadelphia Story” or “Arsenic and Old Lace”.

Do you have a personal motto or quote that inspires you?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

In other words… go for it!

If you could interview one person, living or deceased who would it be?
I would love to interview and tour the White House with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. I grew up watching her survive such a difficult time and she did it all with such grace. Although most people just remembered “Jackie” for her iconic fashion, I believe Jackie could give great insight into the happenings of the day and was making her opinions known as First Lady… but it was saved for behind the scenes.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I love to not necessarily have a plan at all and take a little road trip without any agenda.

What sports team are you a big fan of?
When it comes to sports I am a hardcore Packer fan. My mom grew up in Wisconsin and my cousin married Packer Mike McCoy (defensive tackle #76). When it comes to college football though I am a huge Ohio State Buckeye fan. I grew up in Columbus and graduated from Ohio State University. In the last few years I have really started to follow soccer. My oldest daughter plays soccer in Onalaska and we like to watch the pros play too.

What one thing would you like to do better?
I love to cook and bake, but I want to be a gourmet cook. I would really like to be able to whip up unbelievable French and Italian cuisine and desserts.

What is your favorite food?
My Favorite food is chocolate, but not just any chocolate…it has to be the darkest, richest chocolate you can find.


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Recognizing healthcare workers on National Nurses Day!

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Officers faced off with a bird that is 6 feet tall, 85 pounds and has vertical leap of 7 feet!

Mayo Clinic hospitals in La Crosse and Eau Claire earn an "A" grade for patient safety

"Our staff's exceptional dedication and commitment to our patients, especially safety and quality, has been truly remarkable"

The La Crosse Bar & Restaurant Relief Fund awards grants to 7 area businesses

Raising money to help local bars and restaurants survive economic hardship

Attorney for local massage business says claims are false and a political hit piece

La Crosse Attorney representing Asian Sunny Massage says falsehoods are hurting a legitimate business

America’s College Promise Act would make two years of community college free

The federal government would chip in three dollars for every one dollar a state puts into the program

Medical laboratory professionals work behind the scenes to fight Covid

This is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Why you really need renters insurance

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Pothole survival guide

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National Healthcare Decisions Day - a time to document end of life decisions

While advance care planning seems difficult, the alternative leaves family members struggling to make the decision for you

Better battery-powered lawn tools

Many of today's battery-powered tools pack as much punch as their gasoline cousins, but with less pollution

A rally at La Crosse's Riverside Park Band Shell to stop racism

A call for justice as protesters rally during a march in downtown La Crosse

Today is "I am for the Child Day" to support kids in court

There are thousands of vulnerable children across Wisconsin needing a Court Appointed Special Advocate

The La Crosse Police Department updates its Transparency in Policing page.

It includes calls for service and enforcement actions, use of force, training and demographics

Kitchen Quarantine: Local Chef will share international recipes and stories

Meal kits for the event will be available in La Crosse at Uptowne Cafe & Bakery

Surprise ambulance bills cost big bucks

The No Surprises Act will go into effect in January 2022

Mental Health Apps: How private are they?

CR warns, sharing personal, sensitive information on some virtual platforms might not be as private as you think

Alternative to (Not so) flushable wipes

They might say “flushable” or “septic safe, but any type of wipe can wreak havoc on sewer and septic systems

Marsy's Law for Wisconsin is celebrating its one year anniversary

Supporters of the amendment gave examples of how Marsy's law is at work in Wisconsin

A healthy diet and exercise can help to prevent the top two causes of death

A new JAMA study says the prevention of heart disease and cancer can be helped with the right diet and exercise

Firefighters battle large fire at Alter Metal Recycling on La Crosse's north side

The thick black smoke from hundreds of cars burning in a scrap yard could be seen for miles.

Is rotisserie chicken healthy?

Consumer Reports explains, beneath that golden-brown skin could be sodium, and a lot of it.

La Crosse Mayor makes two proclamations recognizing the Hmong Community

"It is important to work together and that we show respect toward each other." - President Nao Houa Tony Yang

The Blue Kids on Losey Boulevard represent thousands of abused children

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Mayo Clinic Infectious Disease expert weighs in on the effectiveness of Pfizer vaccine for kids

Pfizer said its study showed 100-percent effectiveness in 12 to 15-year-olds

Hidden cost of an inexpensive printer

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Historic Jehlen building in downtown La Crosse in jeopardy of being torn down

Most recently the Club Tucan, the building was condemned earlier this month

La Crosse community reacts as activist steps down following social media harassment

Members of the public along with a local judge, district attorney and fellow CJMC members weigh in

Organic Valley launches national clean energy fund for its farmers

New cooperative fund offers nation’s most farmer-friendly renewable energy loan program

Dentists become the latest to be allowed to give COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin

But is there enough incentive for dentists to become vaccinators?

Striebel resigns from La Crosse's Criminal Justice Management Council after harassment by police

Joella Striebel resigned from her position saying she was threatened and harassed following a local police union’s Facebook post about her

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region hosting Bowl for Kids’ Sake again — with a virtual twist!

Anyone can form a team of 4-6 people online

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Eating our way through a pandemic

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Lifestyle changes for heartburn relief

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Make your own healthier yogurt

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